Fla. Police Fleet Cuts Fuel Spend by 11%

January 11, 2016 - Press Release

The Port St. Lucie (Fla.) Police Department has reduced idle fuel consumption by 12% and total spending on fuel by more than 11% by using Derive Efficiency's optimized engine calibration on a portion of their fleet, according to the company.

It has only been a few years since the department was recognized as one of the nation's top 100 fleets, but Police Administrator Bill May and Fleet Manager Roberto Mann have not stopped searching for new ways to step up performance while upholding ever-higher standards for efficiency and emissions.

The department, serving Florida's ninth largest city, recently completed a 90-day pilot program testing the effectiveness of Derive Efficiency's optimized engine calibration on a portion of their fleet. Since implementation, vehicles in the pilot group have seen an almost 12% reduction in idle fuel consumption as well as a more than 11% decrease in total spending on fuel. These savings will allow Police John Chief Bolduc, who oversees a $34 million budget, 285 police personnel and 343 volunteers, to allocate more funds to other key needs.

Lowering idle RPM has also reduced the fleet's carbon footprint by 200 pounds per vehicle per month.

"The importance of lower emissions is not lost on police vehicles as it is our responsibility to the public to continue to find ways to increase efficiency while reducing our carbon footprint," says May.

Police Chief Bolduc also sees the pilot as good news for other city fleets, and believes that the program could inspire other departments to identify improvement the technology.

"For us, it's a no-brainer," says Bolduc.

For more information, visit the Derive website.

Comment On This Story

Comment: (Maximum 10000 characters)  
Leave this field empty:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.


Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Amin Amini from Verizon will answer your questions and challenges

View All

Recent Topics

Here's an EV question or two: How are you paying for the charging station? I have some interested parties in my city, but not an...

View Topic

How many of you use bench marking in regards to Fleet stats? am interested learning and participating with bench marking and how it...

View Topic

Fleet Documents

1025 Fleet Documents (and counting) to Download!

Sponsored by

Universal fleet cards offer fleets optimized fuel data management and give broad station access. A universal fuel card usually is used only for fuel; however, in recent years, controls have been added to allow use at repair shops for a limited number of repairs or limited dollar amount.

Read more